May 09-A,2023

Cades Cove 06 03/02/2014 Oil Paint Rendered — Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Townsend, Tennessee
We can't help how we see things.
How we feel about things.
How we think about things.

But, if we work at it,
we can see that we cannot help how we see things.

We think that how we see things
is how things are.
And the discrepancy between
how we see things
and how things are
is the source of many of our problems.

If we could only see what we look at--
if we could only see what's there--
our responses would be much more 
understandable and in order.

And there would be much less
in the way of arguing,
and warfare
going on in the world.

I propose that we come together
and declare:
"There is how I see things,
and there is how you see things,
and we are never going to talk
the other into seeing things the same way.
Let's not let that get in the way,
and go on about our legitimate business
with one another
anyway, nevertheless, even so,
and wish each other well
when we part,
and mean it." 


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Published by jimwdollar

I'm retired, and still finding my way--but now, I don't have to pretend that I know what I'm doing. I retired after 40.5 years as a minister in the Presbyterian Church USA, serving churches in Louisiana, Mississippi and North Carolina. I graduated from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, in Austin, Texas, and Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. My wife, Judy, and I have three daughters and five granddaughters within about twenty minutes from where we live--and are enjoying our retirement as much as we have ever enjoyed anything.

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